Bagatou - Sach Pass - Tisa
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September 27th, 2007 – by: cja17
Cass, Cara, James, Katie, Jack and Mark were generous enough both to wait for me and not to chide my tortoise-like pace - thank you to all.
Within a couple of hours, and after a plate of Veggie Chow Mein and a chai at the police post 12km past the pass, we were back down amongst the forests, the people, the colour and the warmth, after an epic adventure, but it was still only lunchtime, and there was a good 70km or so still to ride and by no means all freewheeling as we lost altitude - the road kinked into tributaries onto each side of the main valley, so it would be downhill to the end of each re-entrant, then over a bridge and back uphill towards to the main valley again.
With jeeps, people, tents and bikes in the wrong place (not everyone made it over OK), camp that night was a chaotic affair. Finally at the front of the ride by the end of the day with ho sign of the campsite, three of us stopped for chai in a small village. 10 minutes later Cara arrived to let us know we'd overshot the village by about 7km, downhill all the way.
That said, when we did get back to camp I was hugely relieved as the low battery light had been going off in my head for some time - waiting for the boiled water to cool so I could force a jumbo pack of rehydration salts down me was not pleasant, and I slowly realised how dehydrated and exhausted I was. My tent was stuck the other side of the pass, but with two engineers in the group, a tarp was constructed within minutes, and I happily collapsed underneath it. The rain woke me a few times in the night but I stayed dry and we awoke to find a fresh dusting of snow on the peaks behind us - we had crossed the pass with perfect timing and avoided the first suggestions of winter...
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